califpizza:

Hi. Had a customer ask me how many grams of protein in a pie. Could someone help me find a site to figure it out - or if any of you guys (or gals) keep that on hand for your customers. I haven’t had anyone ask in 3 years. Thanks -

If you’ve worked out your food cost before, you can use those calculations to figure out your nutritional numbers.

For example, let’s say you buy cheese in 20 lbs cases, each one costs you $40 and you use one lbs of cheese on a large pizza.

Then $40/20lbs = $2/lbs * 1 lbs/pizza = a cheese cost for you of $2 per pizza.

Then look at the nutrition fact label (hopefully there is one - otherwise surf the web for nutrition facts on your type of cheese). The label looks like this:

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At the top is a “servings per container” and towards the middle is a “protein” figure (this is “per serving”). Simply multiply the # of servings per container times the grams of protein per serving to figure out how mush protein is in the entire case.

Then plug that number back into your equation in the place of $cost. (now without knowing what type of cheese you’re using, I’m just gonna say that it has 6 grams of protein per ounce, so a 20lbs case is gonna contain 1920 grams of protein. (6 grams per ounce x 16 ounces per lbs x 20 lbs per case)).

So… 1920 grams/20 lbs = 96 grams/lbs * 1 lbs/pizza = 96 grams of protein per pizza from cheese.

Now do that for every ingredient (flour, oil, tomato sauce, etc.) that goes into a large cheese pizza and add the grams all up to find out how many grams of protein are in each large cheese pizza you sell. Divide by the number of slices you cut it into to figure out grams per slice.

Yes, this is a HUGE pain-in-the-hindquarters! But if you’re handy with an Excel spreadsheet, you can grab the labels and figure out every nutritional component in short order.

Once you figure it all out, you’ll have the information to give to anyone who wants it. Just put a “Figures determined from available reference data, may not comply with Nutrition Facts labeling requirements” disclaimer at the bottom.